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also protection of environmentally sensitive and archaeologically important properties. Our goal is to educate the
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Viva Florida Pioneer Annual
Heritage Festival
October 19, 2013
Manatee Mineral Springs Park
1312 14th St E.
Bradenton, Fl. 34208
2 blocks north of SR64  off 14th St. E.

“The History of Manatee Flows from this Spring”
interpretive pathway public dedication and
Pioneer Picnic Reunion

We are proud to announce participation of
professional guest re-enactors:

Bicho of Ft Myers,  who will portray
Spanish Governor, Vincente Folch y Juan,
who visited the spring in 1787 and again in 1793.
James Bullock from St Augustine who portrays
the black maroons who took refuge near the
spring in the late 1700's


New College Professor Uzi Baram and
University of Central Florida Professor Rosalyn
Howard  will be on hand to announce new insight
into Angola, the early 19th century maroon
(escape slave) community.

COST: Free event

This event has been sponsored by joint
participation through funding from the
Florida Humanities Council,
Publix Supermarket,  and generous donations
from  Reflections of Manatee, Inc board members.
Pubic Pathway Dedication

Join us as we dedicate our new pathways that
meander around the Manatee Mineral Spring site
and  honor all the groups of people who have used
the Spring over the centuries.

The signs explore different facets of the area’s history,
including Native Americans, the maroons of Angola,
Early Pioneers, Third Seminole War history of the
site, the Civil War history around the spring, and
much more.

The non-profit Reflections of Manatee Inc with
funding from the
Florida Humanities Council,
developed these interpretive signs with consultation
from area scholars and community descendants

Schedule of Events
11:30 am: Official dedication of the walkway
*The twelve interpretive signs will be “hosted” by New
College student volunteers, on hand to interpret the
history and archaeology of Florida’s past peoples.
11:00 am - 3:00 pm: Pioneer Picnic Activities
traditional games and skills for both adults and
children including coins in the haystack,
frying pan toss, and atlatl throwing.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm Picnic that celebrates the foods
of Manatee’s early pioneers including
smoked mullet and turkey, homemade biscuits with
our own syrup,  various desserts and much more.
Recommendation donation for
the lunch is $5.00.

We are always looking for volunteers.  Come meet
with us, board members and other volunteers will be
available to talk and discuss where you fit in and how
you can help.
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